Tools of the Trade

Basic gardening tools include a spading fork, shovel, rake and hoe. Other tools may be purchased to make gardening easier, but should not be considered absolutely necessary for successful gardening. When purchasing garden tools, make certain they are well built and sturdy. Avoid bargain tools which obviously will not last more than one or two gardening seasons.

Rototillers make the task of soil preparation much easier, but for many gardeners they are not a wise purchase. Such equipment is expensive, but can serve a purpose in a larger garden. For most small backyard gardens, it may be better to rent a rototiller from a local rental center rather than to buy one. Rototillers may be used only once or twice a year, and it is difficult to justify such an expense.